Ulster’s first full-scale game fair, which will be staged at Aughentaine, Fivemiletown on Saturday, June 28, will be the largest event of its kind to be held in Ireland.
Sponsored by the Clogher Valley Game Preservation Society, the Fair will be held at the home of the society’s president, Captain J Hamilton-Stubber.
Events will include fly casting, gundog trials, clay pigeon shooting, falconry flying and archery. The world champion fly caster, Mr Peter Anderson, has kindly agreed to come over and will give demonstrations during the day.
The Ulster Clay Pigeon Association will also be holding their championship shoot at the fair.
The exhibitions will include methods of rearing pheasants, buck, grouse and partridge and the forestry and fisheries divisions of the Ministry of Agriculture have kindly agreed to take part.
Anglers visiting the game fair will have a chance of testing their skill in the salmon and trout casting competitions to be held on the beautiful lake in Aughantaine grounds. The competition will include casting for accuracy and distance as well as an obstacle casting competition which will test the skill of all.
Competitors should bring their own salmon and trout fishing equipment but flies will be supplied by Major B S Thompson – who is organising the angling events.
Peter Anderson, the World Champion fly and spinning caster, will be giving demonstrations throughout the afternoon while clay pigeon competitors from all over Ireland will be present to take part in the biggest clay pigeon competition to be held in Ulster.
There will be £80 in prize money and several trophies, including the Game Fair Championship, the Game Novice Championship – both presented by the Northern Ireland Game Fair Association – and a perpetual challenge cup, presented by Shell Mex BP.
As sportsmen will be able to practice shooting on the championship layout in the morning, there will be ample opportunity for novices to clays to test their quickness of eye.
And for those guns who had an unlucky season last winter there will be a shooting school, with experts in attendance to give advice and correct faulty shooting.